It is very common for us as humans to have allergies during certain times of the year. As humans, we typically experience symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing or coughing. For dogs and cats, not only can they have sneezing and conjunctivitis, but it is extremely common for them to develop symptoms on their skin. Typically the first sign of any environmental allergy can be itchiness to the skin. As our pet itches their skin, the skin barrier becomes weakened and it is common for organisms such as bacteria or yeast to overgrow. We can then notice redness, crusting, scabbing, hair loss, darkening of the skin, or moist irritated areas as the symptoms progress. Sometimes our pet can have these symptoms only at certain times of year, especially when the weather is starting to change with different seasons, but some pets can even have constant itching if they are reacting to things they come into contact everyday (dust, dander, etc.). If you notice increased itching or any abnormalities on the skin, contact your veterinarian immediately, and it is important to get any allergic process or infection on the skin under control with the proper medications. If your pet has chronic allergy or itching issues, there are several medications that are safe and can provide long-term relief so your pet does not have to experience that discomfort when their trouble season comes around.